Pokemon Go Buddy Up Event: Shiny Illumise, Shiny Volbeat, and More

Friday, April 17th, 2020 8:28 am

Everything you need to know about this exciting event.

Trainers, a Buddy Up event is coming soon to Pokemon Go, which will, in part, give you the chance to encounter two Pokemon that are normally geo-locked to certain parts of the world.

The Buddy Up event will run from April 21 at 8 a.m. local time to April 27 at 10 p.m. local time.

During that time, Alolan Meowth, Chansey, Eevee, Feebas, Lillipup, and Joltik will appear more often in the wild. In addition, Volbeat and Illumise will be available to encounter in the wild all over the world, and you’ll have the chance to encounter Shiny versions of both pocket monsters.

Typically, Volbeat is only available in Europe, Asia, and Oceania, while Illumise can be found in Africa and the Americas.

During this event, Volbeat and Ilumise will also be available to hatch from Eggs, and to encounter as rewards for completing Field Research tasks. If you need one or both of these creatures, make sure to play Pokemon Go during this Buddy Up event before they go back to being geo-locked.

Elsewhere, Woobat will appear in the wild during this event, and it will also be available to encounter as a reward for completing Field Research tasks. Once the Buddy Up event ends, Woobat will continue to be available in the wild, and it will also have the chance to hatch from 2 km Eggs.

Alolan Meowth, Eevee, Feebas, Lillipup, and Joltik will also have the chance to hatch from 5 km Eggs that are collected during this event. In a news post, Niantic, the developer of Pokemon Go, said these Pokemon will be appearing in 5 km Eggs “at a higher rate.”

You’ll also have the chance to receive Stardust and encounters with Alolan Meowth for completing Field Research tasks during this Buddy Up event.

Finally, this event will feature a number of gameplay bonuses, with most (but not all) relating to Buddy Pokemon. Here’s what we can expect:

  • Buddy Pokemon will bring you items and “Souvenirs” more often. Niantic also said, “Your buddy might even bring you a new kind of gift!”
  • The distance you need to walk to earn Candy and hearts with your Buddy Pokemon will be cut in half.
  • It will be easier to make your Buddy Pokemon excited.
  • If you feed your Buddy Pokemon Berries and Poffins, it will appear on the in-game map for twice as long as usual.
  • You’ll earn two times the normal amount of experience points for evolving Pokemon during this event. This counts for all Pokemon, and not just your Buddy.

Are you excited about this Buddy Up event in Pokemon Go? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us at @superparenthq.

Brandy Berthelson

Brandy Berthelson has been writing about video games and technology since 2006, with her work appearing on sites including AOL Games, Digital Spy, and Adweek. When she’s not gaming, Brandy enjoys crafting, baking, and traveling with her husband.

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